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Why Is Change So Hard?

I started thinking about this last week when daylight savings occurred. My husband and I were sitting on the couch, looking sleepily at one another about to announce our departure to bed when he looked at his watch and announced, “It’s only 6:30?!”


It got me thinking, how can something as small as an hour adjustment in time have such a powerful effect on my energy level, my motivation, my bedtime, and my life?


This seems true of all change though, right?


We get comfortable in our lives, comfortable in the day-to-day; we get to experience the idea of safety in repetition and then …


B O O M!


Change happens.


Something as insignificant as a time change or as significant as loss hits us and shakes our world to the core. We feel uncomfortable and vulnerable, which drives us to resist whatever change is occurring.


Fear is another force that promotes our resistance to change. As long as everything is the same, then we never have to face the unknown. Here’s the thing though, change is inevitable, and despite our efforts to resist it, change occurs anyway. However, learning how to accept change and welcome change we experience the beauty that change can offer.


It’s where we are tested, it’s where we are pushed, it’s where success and failure occurs; it is the antecedent to all growth. Through change, we grow.


So despite the difficulty I encourage you to embrace change. I for one will be putting the time change to good use: using the hour gained to work toward my own goals.


Andrea Robertson, MSW, PLCSW, has a background understanding the complex needs of veterans and their families, and sub-specialized in military social work. Andrea is well trained in group psychotherapy and has a passion for facilitating connections among people to achieve a greater sense of self, and a greater sense of belonging.